Frequently Asked Questions for our McKnight U7 (Timbits) Program!!!

What is happening with the week long Learn to Play event that is offered before the season starts?

This event has been cancelled for 2020. With COVID-19 and the rules and regulations around it, Hockey Calgary does not feel that they can offer a safe week-long program for 4/5 year olds as players will come from all over the city and then will need to engage in their own associations cohorts to quickly after. Hockey Calgary does intend on bringing the event back in 2021.

What is U7 (Timbits) hockey?

U7 (Timbits) hockey is a program designed by Hockey Calgary, supported and sponsored by Tim Hortons, specifically designed with the concept of PLAYER DEVELOPMENT for children ages 5/6.  The program is designed and implemented by Hockey Calgary and all participating Associations are required to adhere to the strict expectations of the program.  Please read the attached document for more reference on this program: Timbits Operations Manual

How old or what is the birth date cut off for U7 (Timbits)?

To participate in U7 (Timbits) program for the 2020 - 2021 season your child must have been born between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.  No exceptions, this is governed by Hockey Calgary.

When does the season start, how long is the season?

The season is expected to start about the middle of September and will run until the end of March.

What is the time commitment/schedule like?

McKnight is fortunate to have 3 home rinks for the entire community, this means we have regular ice time, and decent hours, within a reasonable driving distance from every community.  While we don't know how the ice times will be allotted yet in the upcoming season, in past the U7 (Timbits) program have enjoyed regular and consistent ice times each week.

Does my child need to know how to skate/know how to play hockey?

NO! The U7 (Timbits) program is designed and facilitated by Hockey Calgary as a program for developing young players.  Coaches will participate in training by Hockey Calgary specifically for the program.  The main goal is truly about "Having Fun", and player development.

How do I register?

Please refer to our McKnight Registration tab for complete information regarding our registration process.  Should you have any questions specific to registration, please contact our U7 (Timbits) Registrar at

What about equipment?

Please check the McKnight Parents tab for equipment information.  This list will help you get the right stuff for your child.  It can be new or used, your choice!!!  For the little people you can wear a light pair of pajamas under the gear as a layer between the gear and skin or a set of "breathable" long-johns.

U7 (Timbits) Jerseys will be provided for the children to wear at all practices and games.  If you are unsure of fit or how to dress you child, please do not be afraid to ask when you purchase your equipment!  It is important that equipment fit properly, and comfortable, while doing it's job and keeping your child safe!